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Today's News

  • Fire damages two homes in Harriman area

    Area firefighters were kept busy last week fighting blazes in and around Harriman.

    Multiple agencies responded to a Wednesday house fire that gutted a 1463 Webster Road home.

    Tommy Reed, who lived in the home, paced as firefighters worked to put out the blaze.

    The home is listed as belonging to Jane Reed.

    At press time, no suspected cause of the fire was available.

    Roane County Emergency Management Director Scott Stout confirmed an unidentified firefighter appeared flushed, and his vital signs were checked.

  • Kingston to consider recreational rehabilitation

    Kingston City Council members will vote on resolution this week in support of continued recreational activities within the city’s parks and recreational system.

    The resolution adds momentum to an effort to revitalize the newly acquired Gertrude Porter Park.

    Council last week discussed an effort to obtain a state Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant for the park.

    The park was deeded to the city by Roane County Commission in February.

  • Looking Good back in business in Rockwood

    Looking Good Hair Salon owner Glenda Copeland didn’t let a fire that burned her Harriman shop take her business aspirations up in smoke.

    Instead, after trying to locate another place in Harriman, she’s found a new facility to rent in Rockwood, the former Nuks Barber Shop on Gateway Avenue.

    “I just thank God I’m here,” Copeland said. “I like the location. Most of my clientèle are from Rockwood, anyway. That helps a lot of people anyway.”

  • Rockwood’s Brown signs with Tusculum

     

    Tyler Brown has only played football for six years, but the Rockwood Tiger senior defensive tackle has made the most of that time as Wednesday afternoon he signed scholarship papers with Tusculum College.

  • Raiderettes reach TCCAA Region VII title game

    The Roane State Raiderettes dominated all phases of the game Friday night in rolling to an 86-65 victory over Southwest Tennessee in the semifinals of the TCCAA Region VII Tournament being played at Roane State.

    The Raiderettes owned the boards by a 52-31 advantage, they were aggressive in the passing lanes with 15 steals, and they shared the basketball on offense with 22 assists in what was one of their best performances of the season.

  • Raiderettes advance to semis with 68-56 victory

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    glindsay@roanecounty.com

    A dominating second half proved to be the difference Thursday night as the Roane State Raiderettes defended their home court with a 68-56 victory over Jackson State in the quarterfinal round of the TCCAA Region VII Tournament.

  • Houston land will help poor

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity now owns some of the property that Rocky and Leon Houston lost in foreclosure.

    On March 12, 2009, the brothers and other members of the Houston family signed a deed of trust on four tracts of land that named Cleveland attorney James Logan as the beneficiary.

    The property was used to secure attorney fees and expenses for Logan.

  • School team gives Roane thumbs up

    The AdvancED review team that observed Roane County Schools last month came away impressed.

    Now the school system is in line for accreditation by the agency.

    “Based on our findings, we do recommend that you be accredited for a five-year term, and we will present that to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission,” Sharon Zimmers told the Roane County Board of Education on Feb. 20.

    The AdvancED Accreditation Commission meets in June.

  • Estes in trouble with law again

    Jim Estes, the father who twice allegedly violated an order of protection at Bowers Elementary School, has more legal trouble.

    Last month he was indicted

    on seven counts of prescription drug fraud. The charges are Class D felonies.

    According to the indictment, the 48-year-old Estes unlawfully obtained or attempted to obtain Diazepam and Carisoprodol on seven different occasions in 2013.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Morgan, Roane can find success together

    East Tennessee is about as homogenous as homemade granola.

    Everybody has their own recipe.

    My point is, although Roane and Morgan counties are close neighbors, they are strikingly different.

    Roane tourism has evolved around the deep waters of Watts Bar Lake. Meanwhile, the roar of traffic on Interstate 40 helps fuel the economy.

    Morgan is more remote. Its waters, especially the Obed Wild and Scenic River, run fast, free and clear.

    Those streams and the breathtakingly beautiful mountains and valleys make it an outdoor paradise.